Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara joins local Worsley pub in promoting card for Cancer Kids

Barbara joined the landlord and landlady of the Bridgewater Hotel in Worsley on Friday to back the Christie Card scheme, launched last week, to enable young cancer patients to enter pubs and clubs if wearing headgear.

Barbara was joined in launching the scheme locally by Lynn and Andrew Grant, who run the Bridgewater Hotel, and Rochelle Thamina of Little Hulton, who is part of the ‘Christie Crew’ group of cancer patients that came up with the scheme after finding they were sometimes turned away from pubs or clubs for wearing headgear, like bandanas or baseball caps.

The Christie Crew launched the card at the Norwegian Blue bar at the Printworks, Manchester on 7 September, however local pubs have since been keen to participate in the scheme.

Barbara said:

“I was disturbed to find that young cancer patients are turned away by pubs locally; I think the scheme is a great idea and I want to support the work to get the scheme working locally.

“It is great that the Bridgewater Hotel has agreed to support the scheme and I hope that many local pubs will follow their example.”

Lynn Grant, Landlady at the Bridgewater Hotel said:

“The campaign is a very good scheme with a real practical benefit that will improve things for those young people who are affected by serious illnesses like cancer and I would encourage other pubs in the Worsley area to use the scheme.

“It is important to keep door policy strict to stop those who might cause trouble from gaining access, but this card will help identify those who have to wear headgear for other reasons and aren’t trouble makers.

Rochelle Thamina, aged 20 of Little Hulton said:

“Hopefully this scheme will improve the approach of pubs locally. Lynn and Andrew Grant at the Bridgewater Hotel have been really good in helping raise awareness of the scheme, asking for more information to give to their weekend doorstaff.

“I know that dress codes are there for a reason, but the more people that know about the scheme the better.”

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Lynn and Andrew Grant, Barbara and Rochelle Thamina

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